Why are they in charge? Part 2

To those that may not see the humor in my last post, let me spell out the absurdity of the email sent to me:

  1. My first email wasn’t about the anthrax scares, the war on terror, or anything related to national security. It was about a bill to restrict the use of the internet.
  2. The majority of the email sent to me in response to my email was about anthrax scares in which were carried out in postal mail delivered to representatives.
  3. Email cannot contain viruses, bacteria, or other biological threats (such as anthrax) that are harmful to the human body.
  4. The genius whose name is on this email is supposed to make decisions regarding the use of the internet, yet this email makes it seem like my email got caught in the “decontamination process”. I guess they have a more extensive spam-assassin/bogofilter/insert-spam-filterer-of-choice-here than we do (that’s a joke!).

If you don’t find it as absurd as I do, perhaps you’re one of the majority that voted this clown into office.

Why are they in charge?

I just received an email from one of my senators (Tom Harkin) in response to an action item I filled out and had sent via email from eff.org a month or so ago. Here it is:

Dear Bryan:

Thank you for contacting me. I am always glad to hear from you.

First, I would like to apologize for the delay in getting back to you. As you may remember, in the fall of 2001, a letter containing a substantial amount of anthrax was sent to Majority Leader Tom Daschle's office in the Hart Senate Office Building, where my office is also located. As a result of the contamination, several changes were made to the mail process for the U.S. Senate. Upon the recommendation of public safety officials, all mail arriving at Congressional Offices now goes through a lengthy process of decontamination that includes extensive scientific testing and irradiation. Unfortunately, this process can often take weeks. While this is necessary to insure the safety of all those handling the mail, it has caused a significant delay in my ability to respond to your concerns.

I want to emphasize how important it is to me that I keep in contact with you, and I will always continue to reply to mail from Iowa. At the same time, you may receive a more timely response from my office by communicating through one of my phone numbers or through my website which is listed below.

Now allow me to address your concerns, I appreciate having the benefit of your views and concerns regarding S.2426, the Cyber Safety for Kids Act. Your input on this matter is helpful to me. As I examine this issue, I will certainly give your views every consideration.

Again, thanks for sharing your views with me. Please don't hesitate to let me know how you feel on any issue that concerns you.

Sincerely,

Tom Harkin
United States Senator

Please do not reply to this email. To contact me, please log on to my website at http://harkin.senate.gov/.

So, when was the last time someone sent anthrax via email? That would be an interesting trick. So, why are these guys making laws that affect technology and the communication of information when they and their aides (yes, I know that this was probably sent by an aide) don’t even know how this stuff works?

EDIT: I want to urge everyone reading this that hasn’t done so, go to http://action.eff.org/ and do as many of the action items that you can.  Let your congressperson know how you feel about your liberties!

It freaking hurts

So, I was going to go to Capoeira tonight, but I did an aú before we left and I landed on my knee. And the result…

That’s after putting ice on it for an hour or so. Hopefully it will be better by Wednesday… I don’t want to lose what I’ve learned in the last 2 1/2 months because of some stupid injury.

I’m also looking for an alternative to Gallery.  I currently have Gallery 2 installed on my web server and it requires 16M of memory, which Linode doesn’t always have to allocate to me (I have the lowest grade plan).  Dear Lazyweb, what other photo gallery applications are out there that compare to Gallery and are a bit less resource intensive?